I grew up watching NFL Films and it was always Steve narrating the stories. Especially the great classic footage of the 49ers in the 1980s, Steve became my voice for the NFL. He allowed me to see the game of football differently and also provided me with tremendous passion for the game.
I can’t even think of recollecting the history of the NFL without thinking of the production of work he did for NFL Films. Without Steve’s hard work, the NFL Network would not exist and I would be out of a job. Even though I have never met him, watching his work growing up and seeing his influence, he has impacted my life.
Rest in peace Steve. Thank you for bringing me and the rest of the football world joy for so many years.
Statement from Roger Goodell:
NFL Films President Steve Sabol, for five decades the creative force behind the unique brand of storytelling and cinematography that brought America closer to the game of football, died today at the age of 69 after an 18-month battle with brain cancer.
“Steve Sabol was the creative genius behind the remarkable work of NFL Films,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “Steve’s passion for football was matched by his incredible talent and energy. Steve’s legacy will be part of the NFL forever. He was a major contributor to the success of the NFL, a man who changed the way we look at football and sports, and a great friend.”
The SJSU football program hasn’t been good in about a decade and this year might be the year that the team finally get itself back together. After a New Mexico Bowl appearance when I was attending, the team since has gone south.
But after their 2-1 start now, I think this team might have something cooking. Sure, the team might have the same record as USC but they’re not there yet. In fact, they’re not even close. But SJSU football looks fun again and the team has a good group of young talent.
I think right now I’ll be paying more attention to SJSU’s progress. I’m excited for this team and have hope for something good in the near future this season.